Good morning all-
I have been working a ton and not on here as much as I would like. With that being said, God has been teaching me anyway. In the last couple of weeks, my favorite aunt had a heart attack, strike five for that side of the family and a co-worker's dad had a stroke. Meanwhile, I have been feeling the effects of travel and the stress of working and trying to be everything to everyone. There are days I wish I had a mountain to climb and be quiet on, don't you?
With all that and more, I have spent some time in Numbers. Now it's not a chapter I recommend to those that don't like to delve into the facts. It has more than you would ever want to know but more importantly, it speaks of the great loss the Israelites' faced because they didn't believe in the mightiness of God. I think what caught me by surprise was the multiple times the people rebelled. I know the stories but when you are taking in several chapters a day, you begin to see the picture in a whole new light. God's chosen were rebelling and not just any segment of His chosen but the Levites, who were to be His high priests. Their rebellion caused families to be swallowed up and death to come among them. Crazy! What makes us forget this kind of power? I think it comes back to our pride and our belief in ourselves, instead of Him.
Well, that's all I can think about. I can only think about God and how mighty He is. In all this chaos I call my life, one thing is shining through, HIM! It really doesn't matter if I have climbed the corporate ladder or if my family is on the right path. The only thing that matters is that I revere Him. Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before Him. I don't even crawl out of my bed to pray to Him.
I am in awe and wonder at my lack of faithfulness and in their lack of faithfulness. We should never forget who we worship. The Pharisees didn't believe He was the Son of God. They wanted the law over the Savior. I don't want that for the world. I want to remember that I was saved because He died and I want to remember that God has all authority over the heavens and the earth. We are not on this earth to give ourselves glory; we are here solely for His purpose.
As you pray today, remember those that have gone before you. Take time to read Numbers and to see how their rebellion affected God's people. Be aware that forgiveness is not earned but it was given because He loves us so. We have faults but we are His. Practice love above all other things and remember that His hand is mighty! Be well my sisters.
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. Psalm 29:1-2 NIV